In 1973, the Supreme Court “discovered” the “emanations of a penumbra” in the 14th Amendment, and in which that Court claimed it saw what no-one had ever seen before, and what appeared nowhere in the text or source documents behind either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution itself, i.e., a justification for legalizing abortion. Prior to that “discovery,” abortion (intentional, as opposed to spontaneous or naturally occurring) after “quickening” had historically been viewed in America as unacceptable, and often criminal.

With the Sexual Revolution (“If it feels good, do it!”), the Pill, and disintegrating social mores (49 years ago, 90% of Americans opposed abortion in toto, while today Democrats across the spectrum want it – even post-partum infanticide, under all circumstances and at all times) pressure grew to legalize abortion. In 1970, Texas lawyers Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington, filed suit for Norma McCorvey (whom they identified as “Jane Roe”) against Dallas County, Texas, whose district attorney was Henry Wade, thus, Roe v. Wade. The case went to the Supreme Court, and the majority decision, relying almost totally on the aforementioned “emanations of a penumbra,” was written by Justice Harry Blackmun. The decision was immediately criticized as without substance, and as fabricated from whole cloth. But, with a liberal majority on the Court, the time to challenge Roe v. Wade wasn’t then; it had to change. Now it has, and Dobbs v. Jackson provided the opportunity to do so.

I welcome comments and suggestions; if you have a specific question or area of the Constitution, you’d like addressed, please let me know. Bud Nason lives in Littlestown, is a Conservative Thinker and an Adams County voter. E-mail him at

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